There are tons of stereotypes about Jewish women … the overbearing matriarch, the do-it-all maven, the neurotic meshugennah, the your-business-is-my-business yenta.
With her take-no-prisoners approach in “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” author Amy Chua has drawn the ire of mothers across America who take exception to the draconian measures she recommends to ensure successful, prodigious offspring. So it's little surprise that prominent among her critics are another group famous -- infamous, some might say -- for what they have to say about how best to be a parent: Jewish mothers. Chua's book and a synopsis she wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 8, “Why Chinese Moms are Superior,” lay out her parental rules -- no sleepovers, no play dates, no television -- and admiringly relate a story of how she once reduced her daughter to tears when she couldn't play a piano piece.
The message that no action goes unnoticed or unaccounted for and that communication is essential to a healthy family and society.
The Season premiere of FOX's "Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy." The very intriguing but highly unlikely pairing of a Shomer Shabbos Jewish family from Brookline, Mass. (near Boston), and a coon-huntin' family from Olympia, Ky.
How did a nice Jewish girl from Santa Monica become a rock star?
Melinda Lopez's "Sonia Flew," which opens at the Laguna Playhouse on Sept. 16, depicts the parallel struggles of a Cuban girl in 1961 and a half-Jewish, half-Cuban American boy just after Sept. 11.
My children were unexpectedly away for a week this summer, and I didn't miss them a bit.
My name is Rachel, and I am a Jewish American girl who was born in China.
Many a wedding have lead to knockout, throw-down arguments between mother and daughter. Should it be black tie or California casual? Meat or fish? DJ or band? Should there be fewer guests at a lavish wedding or more guests at a bare-bones one? And why should cousin Sally, who the bride hasn't seen since her sweet 16, get an invite over a co-worker?
When my father informed me he had scheduled a business trip to Los Angeles and was taking my mother with him about a month after I moved out here, his timing seemed less than coincidental. Both of my parents had been anxiously phoning me on a daily basis since I left New York. The real reason they were coming was to make sure I wasn't living in a crack house, or at the very least had the decency to choose a Jewish crack house.
There is a lot of teaching going on in Parshat Emor.